Thursday, March 7, 2013

Allan Sherman's "Hymie's On The Moon"

Sherman continually toyed with certain songs to create a parody. One song he played around with was "Fly Me To The Moon," recorded by Frank Sinatra and many others.

In the late 1950s, when Sherman was between television producing jobs, he borrowed the tune for two lines that incorporate the name of his talent agency,

Goldstone and Tobias
Said that I'd be working soon

When fame hit he took another crack at it on a Steve Allen Show appearance taped 50 years ago on March 8, 1963. The great song's melody kicks in with the parody's title.

The little State of Israel
Is quite a happy place
For the little State of Israel
Has conquered outer space
And that's why,
Hymie's on the moon,
And little Seymour's in the stars
Julius is on Jupiter
And Marvin is on Mars.